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Classroom Debate Outline: How to organize a friendly class debate on ANY topic!
This classroom debate outline is designed to help teachers organize effective inquiry-based classroom debates. The documents within this file gives students a step-by-step outline of what they need to include in their debate, what they need to say, and when they need to say it! Debate is an importan
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Let's Debate:  A Mini-Unit for Classroom Debates
Let’s Debate: A Mini-Unit for Grades 5 - 7 is intended to support teachers and students as they prepare to participate in class debates, both as actual debaters and as “stakeholder” audience members. This four day unit includes:• Detailed lesson plans spanning four days• List of suggested topics•
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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH: Classroom Debate
The novel "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH" offers an excellent opportunity for discussion and debate because of the major conflict in the latter stages of the novel between Jenner and Nicodemus over the rat colony's future. This assignment sheet sets up three logical conclusions/ideas about the
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Constitutional Convention Classroom Debate
Are your students struggling to understand the Constitutional Convention? Want to include more interactive experiences in your classroom? This product has everything you need to hold a Constitutional debate in your classroom! This is a hit every year in my classroom, and always helps students u
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Chinese Head Tax Classroom Debate
In this activity, students are given a side to debate and need to develop 3 solid arguments for their side. Students will have a class debate and at the end, choose the side they chose individually. The students will also incorporate others ideas and arguments that helped them come to their final d
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Classroom Debate for Any Topic Editable
In the age of fake news and internet trolls, recognizing and employing logical arguments is more important than ever. Structured classroom debates are an excellent way to help students do that. This editable resource will enable you to hold a classroom debate over any multi-faceted topic. The struc
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Samurai Activity: Three Classroom Debates
Classroom debates are a wonderful way for students to strengthen their skills in the areas of group work, public speaking, problem-solving and research. Divide your students into six groups. Two groups will compete against each other at a time for a total of three classroom debates. Three debate
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52 Resolutions for Classroom Debate
These 52 policy resolutions are a great resource for classroom debates in high school English, Social Studies, and Speech classes. All topics call for a change in the status quo but don't necessarily go down the road that students would expect (the overused death penalty, abortion, legalization of m
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Classroom Debate-All Subjects
In this classroom debate set-up, students are placed into two teams (one for and one against the selected topic). Teams assign roles for the debate and then conduct research in preparation. For the debate, students assume their roles and present the best case possible for their team. Great activity
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Hosting a classroom debate using DBQ materials on Reconstruction post Civil War
This packet is designed to be a resource that students can use while working on this project based assessment. This assessment is best applied once students have studied the Civil War and Reconstruction. The question that students will be debating is this: Reconstruction: A Noble Effort or Oppre
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Fake News vs. Real News - Classroom Debate Planner
Teaching about Fake News is much more engaging for students when they are encouraged to prepare a collegial debate. This is a template that students fill in while doing their research.  This purchase contains a single PDF file with 9 pages of step-by-step practice for preparing to debate. The file
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Classroom Debate Strategies and Activities: A Class Divided
This 2 page handout describes a debate strategy I use consistently in my classroom called "A Class Divided." I use it to explore two sides of an issue or topic, and have students be able to defend both sides with evidence and reasoning. The worksheet divides the class in half, and then further divid
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Classroom Debates: Abortion
There's no debate about it! Debates are boundless tools for engaging students and energizing your classroom curriculum. This resource contains everything you need to satisfy this energy and innovation. Using debates in the classroom can help students grasp essential critical thinking, public spe
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Government Fast, Easy Classroom Debates (Landmark Supreme Court Decisions 1)
Included in this packet are 5 landmark Supreme Court cases that contain a brief background of the case itself and a set of arguments presented by both sides, a Debate Format Instruction Sheet for your classes to participate in 1:1 debates as well as a Case Decision Information Sheet. Cases include:
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Structuring a Classroom Debate
This detailed student worksheet helps teachers structure a science classroom debate about an important ecological issue. Because ecological issues often invoke multiple perspectives from many disciplines, among which science is one, this lesson plan assists science teachers in presenting various per
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Classroom Debate Rights and Responsibilities
Classroom debates are a lot of fun, and help our students learn to form their own beliefs and opinions, and learning to defend those opinions. This is a poster for Classroom Debate Rights and Responsibilities.
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CLASSROOM DEBATE FORMAT: HANDOUTS
This resource contains two handouts - 1. Conducting a Debate 2. Classroom Debate Format Teachers can use these cheat sheets as a ready reference material to remind the learners about the structure and the sequence to be followed while conducting a debate in the classroom.
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Classroom Debates About Ancient Greece
Debates help students improve their skills in the areas of problem solving, critical thinking, communication, teamwork and leadership. Debate questions all pertain to ancient Greece and include topics such as Athens, Sparta, democracy, Alexander the Great and philosophers. For this class activit
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Enlightenment Activity: Classroom Debates
Debates help students improve their skills in the areas of problem solving, critical thinking, communication, teamwork and leadership. Debate questions all pertain to the Enlightenment. For this class activity, students can be divided into eight groups. Two groups will be competing against each
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Classroom Debate - a guide to elementary school classroom debate
This is a guide on how to stage a structured debate in an intermediate elementary school classroom. After researching many different formats, I created this template and plan and have since run many successful debates following this format. In this guide I include the planning sheet for the teach
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Malthus Theorem Classroom Debate and Simulation
This resource enables you to have a structured classroom debate about the topic of demography—are we headed for a Malthusian Catastrophe or not? This lesson begins with a simulation to help students understand the Malthus Theorem. Students will then briefly research Malthusian and anti-Malthusian p
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Common Core Classroom Debate Handouts
This product includes common core aligned classroom debate handouts for both the general education and special education population in your classroom. There are four pre-debate handouts; two handouts for your pro teams and two handouts for you con teams. There are two low level pre-debate handouts
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Classroom Debate Activity Plan
Debate is a fun and effective way to get your students working together, examining evidence, and presenting ideas. But it's not enough to say "Debate!" to your kids and walk away. Students need structure in order to make a debate successful. This activity plan includes: *Lesson Plan, with detailed
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Philosophical Chairs Classroom Debate Activity
This activity is designed to help facilitate debates within your classroom! Student friendly sheets help guide students thinking processes and explains the debate process. Can be used whole group or small group!
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